|[February 13, 2014]
TBI/PTSD Survey Logs More Than 1,600 Participants
INDIANAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
Since Feb. 3, more than 1,600 veterans have taken advantage of an
American Legion online survey for those suffering from traumatic brain
injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The survey is part of the Legion's continuing research on the two
mental-health issues that, together, affect more than a half-million
veterans. In 2010, the Legion created a committee to study treatments
used for TBI and PTSD by the private sector, the Department of Defense
(DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The committee's report, "The
War Within," was issued last September and distributed to members of
Congress, senior VA and DoD leadership, and the White House.
"We're asking veterans to participate in this survey so The American
Legion can make more informed recommendations to VA and DoD on how to
improve their health care for these conditions," said Daniel M.
Dellinger, the Legion's national commander.
In some of the Legion survey's questions, respondents are asked whether
their health-care providers have been receptive to using complementary
and alternative treatments for TBI and PTSD. Respondents are also asked
about any side effects from their treatment and - if they chose to stop
receiving it - why they did so.
Dellinger said that mental health care for veterans and servicemembers
is a top priority of The
American Legion. "We want to hear directly from veterans on their
experiences as patients, and whether they believe they are receiving
timely and high-quality health care."
to take the Legion's online survey, which runs through Feb. 28.
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